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IDNS: Assad Has Plans to Give Hezbollah Chemical Weapons

IDNS: Assad Has Plans to Give Hezbollah Chemical Weapons

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Yup, Hamas is laying the groundwork to declare Gaza’s independence. Mahmoud Zahar told Maan News in no uncertain terms that Israel does not occupy Gaza. (Hey, that’s my line!)  He

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IDNS: Palestinian Censors Mute Townhall Meeting

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. It turns out that Israel had no connection to the film at the heart of yesterday’s embassy attacks. First, Jeffrey Goldberg began fact-checking what we thought we knew about “Sam

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IDNS: Libyan Islamists Kill US Ambassador

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Libyan Islamists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, killing US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other staffers.  car. Islamist protesters also breached the US embassy in Cairo. They were protesting

R.I.P. One-State Solution; Long Live 3-State Solution?

I come to bury the one-state solution, not praise it. Now that Hamas is laying the groundwork to declare Gaza’s independence from Palestine, it’s easier to be dismissive of arguments for the one-state solution, like this op-ed in The Independent. Fatah fecklessness, a non-existent peace process, Muslim Brotherhood power in Egypt, and Hamas’ sheer willpower means

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IDNS: Is Gaza Preparing to Declare Independence From Palestine?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. For the first time, Palestinian protests get widespread coverage. See below for details. 2.  BDS Fail of the Day: Wits University leaders stood up against a student council’s call to boycott

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IDNS: US Says No Deadlines for Iran

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. Re-negotiating Israeli-Palestinian financial accords is a non-starter says Danny Ayalon. The Times of Israel writes: “I don’t support opening the economic treaty to re-negotiation, as it is interconnected with the

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IDNS: Canada Severs All Ties With Iran

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinians continue protesting across the West Bank. Mahmoud Abbas declares himself with the Palestinian Spring movement. Abbas is probably eyeing to oust Salaam Fayyad, but as the Times of Israel

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Breaking News: Canada “Outsourcing” Foreign Policy to Israel

You don’t have to agree with Canada’s decision to sever ties with Iran and shut down the Islamic Republic’s embassy in Ottawa. But come on, Tony Burman — don’t use your Toronto Star soapbox to peddle this lowly rhetoric: Although his swearing-in at Rideau Hall must have happened in the dead of night, Canada appears

Hamas’ Diplomatic Wing Taking Flight

Hamas is training its own diplomatic corps. As Reuters points out, this would end the PLO’s monopoly on representing the Palestinians in global forums. It deepens Palestinian divisions. And it damages an otherwise sure-thing statehood bid in the UN General Assembly. So if you support the idea that Israel and the West should engage Hamas,

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